WASHINGTON. Voters in the state of Colorado have kicked out two US politicians who promoted tighter gun controls after last year’s Aurora cinema shooting, which killed 12 people.
State senate president, John Morse, and senator Angela Giron, both Democrats, were kicked out in a historically unprecedented recall election. The pro-gun National Rifle Association part funded the campaign for the poll.
Morse, who signed into law a bill boosting gun control rules after the Aurora shootings in July last year and the Newtown school massacre in December, was forced out on a 51 to 49 percent vote. Giron lost by 56 to 44 percent. Both stood by their decision to back tougher gun controls.
“The loss of an election is nothing when weighed against the loss of lives to gun violence,” Morse said in a statement. “I am proud of the fact that we made Colorado safer. The recall election didn’t change the fact that sensible gun safety laws are now in effect.
“I do not regret acting after the horrific massacres we suffered, and I do not regret standing up against the powerful gun lobby to do what was right.”
Giron, who voted in favour of the gun control legislation, which entered into force on July 1, added: “I’m a little perplexed. This is what I know: I know that I have not one iota of regret from what I voted on.
“This is only going to make us stronger and better,” she told the Denver Post. “We will win in the end, because we are on the right side,” she told constituents.
Morse and Giron will be replaced by two Republicans, councilman Bernie Herpin and former police officer George Rivera, who opposed the new law which passed without the support of a single Republican. The new legislation, which limits gun magazines to 15 rounds and requires universal background checks, came after a series of shootings.
James Holmes, a mentally unstable student, is accused of killing 12 people when he opened fire in a crowded movie screening in Aurora, outside Denver, in one of the worst mass shootings in US history.